NOV. 5-8 • DALLAS, TX
Attendees from all roles, levels, and company types in the industry were represented, bringing diverse perspectives, stories, connections, and more.
From leadership, professional development, HR/talent management, operations, safety, technology, driver issues, sales and marketing, industry issues and trends, and D&I best practices, the event covered it all! Industry leaders such as Shelley Simpson, President of J.B. Hunt Transport; Judy McReynolds, President & CEO of ArcBest; Erin Van Zeeland, Chief Commercial Officer of Schneider; Debi Boffa, CEO of TravelCenters of America; and Michelle Burgess, Director of Inclusion & Diversity of Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages (and so many more!), spoke on challenges and opportunities for women in the industry.
Many valuable products and services specific to the industry were featured on the expo floor, including an Expo Game Card component, an interactive and fun way for attendees to meet and greet with exhibitors and be eligible for prizes at the end of the conference.
Attendees experienced first-hand innovative new equipment through the Truck & Technology Tour – which featured cabs, trailers, self-driving trucks, Big Data and AI technology, IoT devices and platforms, TMS, and WMS. Companies included: Badger Infrastructure Solutions, Big M Transportation, Bridgestone, Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages, Frito Lay, Mack Trucks, Navistar, Nikola Motor Company, PACCAR, Panther Premium Logistics, Pilot Company, Truckers Against Trafficking, TruckSuite, UPS, Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co., Volvo, Walmart, and WM.
Between speed networking, workshops, receptions, interactive roundtable discussions, expo time, and more, there were plenty of ways attendees could make meaningful connections and build relationships.
During a special recognition program, WIT acknowledged and celebrated the 2023 Top Companies for Women to Work For in Transportation, 2023 Top Woman-Owned Businesses in Transportation, and 2023 Top Women to Watch in Transportation. All of whom are making great strides in their careers and fostering exceptional workplaces for women.
Shelley Simpson, President, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., was the recipient of the 2023 Influential Woman in Trucking Award. Sponsored by Daimler Truck North America, the announcement came after the panel discussion, “Unstoppable Women in Trucking You Must Know About” Simpson stood out due to her passion, leadership and integrity in the field and being a powerful role model for women. Her commitment to expanding gender diversity in transportation has been evident throughout her nearly 30-year career.
Katie Fielder has a goal to become an owner/operator. Carly Jones is a supply chain student at Mississippi State University. Alexis Castillo is studying engineering at the University of Houston for vehicle efficiency, safety and sustainability. Sabrina Lamb is attending Del Mar College with a long-term goal of creating a small hot shot/courier business (she currently has her CDL and safety degree and is working on her accounting degree).
PACCAR brought 72 attendees! It's inspiring to see a leading industry company committed to building a more diverse & inclusive future for trucking and empowering its female employees with the knowledge, network, and resources to succeed in the workplace. Honorable mention to Frito-Lay for bringing 65 attendees and Navistar for bringing 52.